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#1 miocean

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 09:02 AM

I developed a dry cough a year ago. My general practitioner diagnosed it as Pertusis, or Whooping Cough. He gave me an antibiotic and cough medicine and it got a little better. When the warm weather came it went away. At least I didn't notice it as much. When the cold weather came around again it started up. It has become really bad, loud and sometimes seemingly impossible to get rid of. I have started coughing at night to the point where my husband can't sleep. He has been sleeping in the other bedroom. Sometimes my coughing brings on the dry heaves. Not fun.I have now developed a new thing, constantly clearing my throat. I don't have any mucous to clear out but still have the need to clear my throat. I did research on the internet and both of these things can be signs of lung problems, which I have, or signs of GERD, which I also have. They can also be caused by the use of ACE inhibitors and I have been on Enalipril for 5 years.


So what do I do? What doctor do I see, pulmonologist or gastrointerologist? I think both of mine are good doctors but neither knows much about scleroderma. To them I am the Scleroderma Lady. Are you familiar with these symptoms?

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 11:32 AM

I had a cough for six months, sounds much like yours, I went through pulmonary tests and was cleared, Seems like in my case it is related to GERD and when the doctor dilated my esophagus and doubled my proton pump inhibitor my cough all but cleared up. Now I just have the stupid through clearing and my voice is a little hoarse.

Better get to the bottom of it for sure. Good luck, I will be thinking good thoughts for you.

#3 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 12:53 PM

Hi Miocean,

My dry cough was also due to GERD, but as you already know, there sure are a lot of candidates for culprits. I know my doctors would probably suggest starting out with my general practitioner. I'm an impatient 'know it all', so I always want to go straight to the specialist and get the problem fixed now, this instant. A preliminary screening by your regular doctor could be useful~

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#4 miocean

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 09:02 AM

Jeannie,
I was taking your advice and was going to make an appointment with my general practitioner but when I opened my appointment book I saw that I have an appointment with my scleroderma specialist on Friday. I am going to put up with all the stuff that has been going on with me until then and I will go in with a list of issues. Hopefully she will be able to advise me.

Kaykay,
What is a proton pump inhibitor?

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#5 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:47 AM

Hello Miocean

A proton pump inhibitor, such as lansoprazol, reduces the amount of acid produced by the stomach.

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#6 miocean

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 04:44 AM

I went to my scleroderma specialist yesterday and addressed the issues I have be having with the cough and throat clearing. She asked me if I had post nasal drip. I said I didn't think so. I brought up the lungs and she said all my tests have remained the same for a couple of years so that is not it. She does want me to go for a six minute walk test which she has requested before I haven't had it done yet. I guess this time I won't get won't get away with not doing it. She wants me to have it at her hospital right before my next appointment with her which is in June.

I brought up GERD as many of you said that was the cause and she said that was probably it. She suggested I get a triangle shaped pillow that raises the head of the bed. I can't life the bed in the front because of the way that it is built. I am out of my medicine as prevacid is no longer covered by my insurance. I have been taking the solutabs because the capsules were making me throw up. I didn't remember which doctor prescribed the solutabs but she said that doctor would have to call the prescription company and fight for me to have them. I came home and looked at the label and she is the prescribing doctor! So I will have to call her Monday.In the meantime she suggested I take over the counter prevacid so I will get some today as I have been experiencing really bad heartburn.

I brought up the ACE inhibitor and she said I have been on them for so long that if they were causing the cough it would have shown up sooner. So I guess I got an answer. Thank you to those who responded and I hope this helps other who may experience the same issue.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 12:39 PM

Lansolprazole is now available as a generic and OTC if that helps.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 03:04 AM

I found a great cure for coughing,Have surgery in your abdomen!!!! I had a kidney transplant on March 11th, coughed once after it and it hurt so much I haven't coughed again! I also think being in the hospital and elevating my head helped. I didn't get a wedge pillow yet, if I start coughing again I will. I am still clearing my throat but at this point in time that is the least of my worries.I do think it is related to GERD and thank you for making me aware that it could be the cause.

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